Working Hard

Working hard




Rope Bases

Rope BasesMaterials:

  • Wood Bases
  • Rope
  • Glue
  • Felt
  • Binder Clip



Rope2Start with your rope. Pinch the end of your rope and secure with a binder clip and apply glue and allow to dry.

Rope3Now start coiling and gluing in sections allowing drying in between sections.

rope4Use binder clips to secure coil.

Rope5When your coil is large enough, center and glue onto base and let dry.

Rope6Continue gluing onto base. This step goes faster.

Rope 7.5When dry and complete apply felt round to bottom of base.

Rope 8.5



Beets & Horseradish

Beets & Horseradish

Beets & Horseradish

  •  3 cups Roasted Beets cubed
  • 1/4 cup or to taste Fresh Horseradish (recipe below)
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt.
  • Pinch of Sugar
  1.  Place Roasted Beets into food processor. Plus beets till you get fine chop, do not puree.
  2. Transfer to a non-reactive bowl and mix in horseradish, salt and sugar.
  3. Refrigerate till ready to use, should last about a week.


Fresh Horseradish

  •  12” Root of Horseradish (look for root that still has green frons attached.)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  1.  Rinse and peel Horseradish Root.
  2. Grate root with box grater using the fine grate side. (I use gloves while doing this and I also do my grating outside.)
  3. Place grated Horseradish into a bowl and mix in enough Apple Cider Vinegar till it resembles mashed potatoes.

Store in a sterile container and refrigerate. Will last for a month.


Gilded Box

Gilded Box

When you live in a small house extra storage is a must. I found this army green painted box in a dumpster and it was fine but most of the vintage boxes I have all have gold details so, here is a simple solution for gilding on the cheap.


  • Box
  • 3 tones of gold paint
  • Low tack detailing tape
  • Brush
  • Sponge





Figure out what kind of design you will work best. I decided on a modified grid pattern. Apply tape for your pattern.



Start with your mid gold tone and paint and allow to dry.


Now it’s time for the high lights and low lights. I have a light and dark tone gold. Use your sponge to distribute paint on box. Random works best.

 Remove tape while wet. Let dry.

 When dry use sandpaper to distress surface if you desire.